Everyone we saw at Tampa's Metrocon 2021

After more than a year of closures and cancelations, comic conventions are finally returning. Tampa Bay Comic Con is one of them,…

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Everyone we saw at Tampa's Metrocon 2021
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34 kid-friendly activities to do within driving distance of Tampa Bay

What follows is a list of kid-friendly activities that’ll help you not only entertain junior, but yourself, too. We’ve arranged them by…

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Snorkel Ichetucknee Springs State Park
    171 miles from Tampa International Airport
    12087 SW US-Hwy 27, Fort White. Open 8 a.m.-sunset.
    Daydream while floating over deep-cyan ripples of Ichetucknee’s spring-fed flows.  Eventually, make your way to the Blue Hole, where 67 million gallons of water flow each day from seemingly endless dark blue depths. This relaxing river float holds glass-like waters and endless family photo backdrops. Admission runs $6 per vehicle.
    Photo via Pengd0t, CC BY-SA 4.0 , via Wikimedia Commons
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Everything we saw at the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup boat parade

Monday’s Stanley Cup Boat parade found thousands of fans lining the Tampa Riverwalk and packed into Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park to…

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Everything we saw at the Tampa Bay Lightning Stanley Cup boat parade
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Everything we saw at the first annual Tampa Bay Cannafest

Curaleaf's first annual Cannafest, a celebration of all things marijuana-related went down at the TPepin’s Hospitality Centre last weekend. Organized by Dignitary…

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Everything we saw at the first annual Tampa Bay Cannafest
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The 20 best swimming holes within driving distance of Tampa

Living in Florida has many advantages, and an essential one is access to our beautiful, freshwater springs. But not all springs are…

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Ichetucknee Springs State Park
    12087 SW U.S. Highway 27, Fort White, (386) 497-4690, starting at $6 per vehicle
    Known best for its warm weather tubing experience, the Ichetucknee River also offers canoeing, kayaking, fishing, wildlife viewing and eight major springs that join together to create the 6-mile river run. Although no camping is offered on site, River Run campground, Ichetucknee Family Canoe and Cabins, and Ichetucknee Springs campground.
    
    Photo via Ichetucknee State Park
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Photos of wakeboard stars Meagan Ethell, Parks Bonifay and more ripping through Tampa Bay

It’s no secret that some of the best wakeboarders in the world live nearby in Orlando, but did you know that a…

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Parks Bonifay wakeboards in Clearwater, Florida, USA on 3 June 2021
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Photos from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 6-5 overtime Stanley Cup Playoff loss at Amalie Arena

Despite scoring a franchise playoff record five goals in the second period, the Tampa Bay Lightning lost in overtime of its game…

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Photos from the Tampa Bay Lightning’s 6-5 overtime Stanley Cup Playoff loss at Amalie Arena
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Everyone we saw at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival kickoff in Dade City

In case you’ve been locked in a mural tower, the Bay Area Renaissance Festival kicked off last weekend at its new home…

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Everyone we saw at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival kickoff in Dade City
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Tampa Bay Lightning will let you sleep with the Stanley Cup for $5,000

If you’ve ever fantasized about spending the evening with the Stanley Cup, well, the Tampa Bay Lightning has you covered. Today, the…

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Tampa Bay Lightning will let you sleep with the Stanley Cup for $5,000
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Everything we saw at the 2021 Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City

The 2021 edition of Plant City’s beloved Florida Strawberry Festival wrapped up on 11 days of fun and food over the weekend.…

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Everything we saw at the 2021 Florida Strawberry Festival in Plant City
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Photos: One year later, Tampa Theatre reopened to the public last weekend

On March 11—a year after closing for in-person screenings to help mitigate the spread of coronavirus—Tampa Theatre reopened its doors to real-life…

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Photos: One year later, Tampa Theatre reopened to the public last weekend
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Everything we saw at downtown Tampa’s Super Bowl NFL Experience

The NFL’s Super Bowl Experience at Julian B. Lane Park opens at 5 p.m. today in downtown Tampa, and you’re probably not…

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Everything we saw at downtown Tampa’s Super Bowl NFL Experience
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25 bucket list Christmas events in Tampa Bay everyone should do in 2020

Christmas this year may look different, but Tampa Bay is still packed with plenty of yuletide cheer. Here are a few can't-miss…

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Wesley Chapel Holiday Tree and Light Display 
    Through Jan. 3
    5268 Village Market Dr., Wesley Chapel 
    With a display of over 1,000,000 lights, Wesley Chapel’s Tree and Light Display will feature carnival rides, live music, and an opportunity for kids to meet Santa. At over 20 acres, there will be plenty of room for social distancing, and children under 4 can get in for free. There’s a plethora of options for ticket prices as well, so check out their website for more info.
    Photo via Wesley Chapel Holiday Tree and Light Display/Facebook
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Where to get a Christmas tree, meet Santa and other holiday experiences in Tampa Bay

Since finding a pine tree and plopping your kid on Santa's lap are arguably two of the most important goals over the…

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Mike’s Christmas Trees 
    Now through Christmas Season
    11349 Bloomingdale Ave., Riverview
    Celebrating their 15th year in the Tampa Bay area, Mike’s Christmas Trees offers up all kinds of trees and Christmas ornamentations for you and your family. Each tree is shaken, trimmed, baled, and eventually loaded onto your truck or car to take home.
    Photo via Mike’s Christmas Trees/Facebook
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The 20 best ways to see Christmas lights in Tampa Bay this holiday season

If you're looking for the twinkliest of lights in Tampa Bay, you have plenty of options. From boat parades, to parks covered…

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River of Lights Holiday Cruises
    333 S Franklin St, Tampa
    Select dates in November and December, check website for details
     Captain Jack II will be operating at 50% capacity for this year’s water taxi tour of Holiday lights. Take in the sights of Downtown Tampa’s seasonal decorations and lights and get a visit from a jolly pirate elf. There will of course be sing-a-longs, snow flurries and letters to write to Santa. Tickets start at $25 for adults and $20 for children.
    Photo via Pirate Water Taxi/Facebook
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Everyone we saw on Halloween night in Tampa's Ybor City

Despite the ongoing pandemic, and spiking case numbers, the crowds came out in droves on Halloween night in Ybor City. As you…

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Everyone we saw on Halloween night in Tampa's Ybor City
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Every Tampa Bay Halloween party, trick-or-treating event, and other options for the kids

This year has provided no shortage of scariness, so it might be time for some fake scary to balance things out. This…

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Park Street Baptist Church Trunk or Treat
    3901 Park St. N., St. Petersburg
    Date: Oct. 31
     This is a walk-through event for the whole family. Cars will be decorated for Halloween and will have people at them passing out lots of candy. The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. and is completely free.
    Photo Adobe
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25 Tampa Bay pumpkin patches, corn mazes and other 'Falltivities' to enjoy this season

Sure, it never really feels like fall around here, which is all the more reason Tampa Bay residents gotta go the extra…

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Gallagher’s Pumpkins & Trees
    7401 4th St. North, St. Petersburg, FL
    Dates: Daily
     With no charge for entry, this patch carries a variety of different colors and sizes of pumpkins. On your way out, make sure to pick up a homemade pie by The Artistic Whisk as well!
    
    Photo via Gallagher’s Pumpkins & Trees/Website
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Everything we saw at Tampa Bay Lightning's Stanley Cup boat parade and party

In the before time, October would more or less mark the beginning of a new NHL season, but these days are far…

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Photo by Dan Fwenandez
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Photos of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrating their Stanley Cup championship with friends and family

On Tuesday, less than 24 hours after the Tampa Bay Lightning earned the Stanley Cup by beating the Dallas Stars 2-0 in…

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Photos of the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrating their Stanley Cup championship with friends and family
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Florida's 10 most insane weekend getaway rentals

Every nook and cranny of Florida seems to be its own universe, and in each, there are plenty of unique getaway spots…

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Floating Tiki Suites, Key West
    Estimated drive time from Tampa: 7 hours Click here for more info  
    This Key West Tiki Suite sits right in the middle of the water, with snorkel equipment, a small boat, and stand-up paddleboards to explore the cool blue of the city’s famous waters. After you’re done, dry off inside in the unit’s tropical interior, with beautiful Brazillian hardwood flooring and a king size bed.
    
    Photo via Airbnb/Website
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21 bucket list activities to do in Tampa Bay before summer is over

From alligator spotting to road tripping to spring hopping, Tampa Bay is full of summer activities. Here are a few things to…

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Go for a swim in a 7-acre pool
    31885 Overpass Rd., Wesley Chapel, (813) 527-0775 
    Epperson Lagoon is a seven-acre man-made lagoon in Wesley Chapel. Equipped with an obstacle course, swim-up bar, beach area, big screen TV viewing and clear water, Epperson Lagoon is one of a kind. An adult day pass starts at $24.99 with kayak and paddleboard rentals starting at $10.
     Photos via Epperson Lagoon Facebook
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20 Tampa Bay roadside attractions everyone should visit at least once

You know it, we know it: Florida is weird. Anyone wanting to embrace the state's long history of roadside attractions and oddities…

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 Monkey Island 
    10985 W. Xanadu Path, Homosassa, (352) 628-2474 
    Spider monkeys inhabit their own little island on this chunk of land in the Homosassa River. Guests can dine nearby the mini island and watch the monkeys swing around their platforms, ropes and replica lighthouse. But the best place way to see this spot, is from the deck of the Florida Cracker Monkey Bar, which has a deck with a bird's eye view of the island.  
     Photos via Florida Cracker Monkey Bar/Facebook
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20 easy city hikes in Tampa Bay for social distancing

Though Tampa Bay is a large metro area, we still have plenty of opportunities for social distancing while also fostering your physical…

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Sunken Gardens 
    1825 4th St. N., St. Petersburg
    Sunken Gardens is a four-acre botanical garden located in the Historic Old Northeast neighborhood of St. Pete. The Gardens have existed for more than a century, and are one of the oldest roadside tourist attractions in the United States. The plants, trees, animals, and structured delicately and some of these plants and structures are over 100 years old. Admission into the botanical gardens is $12 for adults.
     
    Photo via St. Petersburg/Website
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10 Florida ‘glamping’ spots perfect for very socially distant staycations

"Glamping" is the practice of camping in style, often including amenities like running water, electricity, air conditioning and the occasional furnishings. There…

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Florida Old School Campers, St. Petersburg
    Estimated drive time from Tampa: 30 minutes Click here for more info  
    Florida Old School Campers is a rental facility that allows campers to use renovated Volkswagon campervans equipped with two beds. Business hours are by appointment only and those looking to rent a camper must fill out an availability form. According to its website, vacations start at $750.  
    
    Photo via Florida Classic Camper/Website
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20 socially distant things to do in Tampa Bay when it's hot AF outside

As another hot weekend scorches Tampa Bay, we put together a few activities to safely occupy your time, either in the water…

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Epperson Lagoon
    31885 Overpass Rd., Wesley Chapel, (813) 527-0775 Click here for more info  
    Epperson Lagoon is a seven-acre man made lagoon in Wesley Chapel. Equipped with an obstacle course, swim-up bar, beach area, big screen TV viewing and clear water, Epperson Lagoon is one of a kind. An adult day pass starts at $24.99 with kayak and paddleboard rentals stating at $10. 
    
     Photo via Epperson Lagoon/Website
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20 Florida beach towns worth a weekend road trip from Tampa

For those who can't take the cabin fever much longer, there are plenty of beach town destinations not too far from Tampa.…

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 Anna Maria Island 
    Estimated drive time from Tampa: 1 hour and 2 minutes 
     What’s great about it: Anna Maria Island has three main beaches: Anna Maria Bayfront Park, Manatee Public Beach and Coquina Beach. Along with the area’s many shops, eateries and galleries, visitors can also go on one of the many tours offered, like the Anna Maria Island Dolphin Tours. 
     Photos via VisitFlorida.com
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23 very outdoor, very solitary, things to do in the Tampa Bay area

If you're tired of sitting inside all day but just don't like being around other people, Tampa Bay has some options for…

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Swim the waters of Weeki Wachee Springs State Park
    6131 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee, 352-592-5656, Click here for more info  
    You can visit one of Florida’s oldest roadside attractions at Weeki Wachee Springs State Park. Swim in the freshwater cave system or relax on land to do some wildlife watching.
    
     Photo via Florida State Parks/Website
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22 Florida beach towns you can actually afford to live in

Whats the point of living in Florida if you're not close to the water? Living seaside usually means forking out a lot…

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Deerfield Beach
    Median Home Value: $153,600
    Deerfield Beach is a city in Broward County, just south of the Palm Beach County line. The city is named for the numerous deer that once roamed the area. Residents have easy access to Splash Adventure Water Park and Quiet Waters Park. The median monthly housing cost in Deerfield Beach is $1,115 and its median annual property tax amount is $1,457.
    
    Photo via Adobe Images
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20 essential kayaking spots in the Tampa Bay area

Kayaking is arguably the best social distancing activity, and so there's never been a better time to get out and float. Here…

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Rainbow Springs 
    Known for its clear blue and cool-year-round waters, Rainbow Springs offers visitors a shuttle from the parking area to the paddling location of their choice. Various kinds and sizes of canoes, paddle boards and kayaks are available for rent and guests are also provided with life jackets. Because of its characteristically clear waters, the area is known to be a sighting spot for fish and other aquatic life.
    
    Photo via Florida State Parks Website
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